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"Fail to prepare and you're preparing to fail"
Ok so that does seem a little bit serious and also incredibly cliche but it is so critical in any home decorating project! I've picked up quite a few hints and tips along the way to ensure you get a fantastic finish in whatever you're decorating!
Strip your walls of any previous wallpaper! This may sound simple but it can be such a big job, especially when some papers just don't want to budge that last little remnant they've left on your walls. Use warm water to soak the paper and a scraper, and with a bit of elbow grease you'll get there!
Line your walls! This isn't necessary all of the time, especially if you are working on a good, clean and flat surface but lining paper can be your best friend for those unsightly walls. Most wallpapers recommend preparing the wall with lining paper and it really can help to give a good finish.
Clean your walls! Give them a wipe down with a damp cloth just to ensure any old paste residue is gone or any dirt that could interfere with your new top coat.
You should now be good to go with either paint or wallpaper!
Wipe down the surface! Using a damp cloth or a duster just give it a wipe down to get rid of any dirt. If your room is likely to have more dirt on the walls, you can use a vinegar and water solution.
Sand down any lumps and bumps! Using sand paper or aluminuim oxide sand down any lumps and bumps in plaster or skirting board. Do this step before cleaning otherwise you'll clean the surface twice!
Fill any cracks in the wall! Using filler or caulk fill in the cracks, allow them to dry and sand them flat.
Scrape any old flakes of paint! To ensure a smooth finish scrape away any old flakes of paint and sand down the edges for a smooth finish.
Now crack on with your top coat!
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This entry was posted in Tips & Tricks on 17th May 2016 by Helen Johnson.